How to format your references using the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
G. Li, On the safety of ITER accelerators, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2602.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Sakaguchi, F. Powrie, Emerging challenges in regulatory T cell function and biology, Science. 317 (2007) 627–629.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.J. Raxworthy, M.R.J. Forstner, R.A. Nussbaum, Chameleon radiation by oceanic dispersal, Nature. 415 (2002) 784–787.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H.M. El-Kaderi, J.R. Hunt, J.L. Mendoza-Cortés, A.P. Côté, R.E. Taylor, M. O’Keeffe, O.M. Yaghi, Designed synthesis of 3D covalent organic frameworks, Science. 316 (2007) 268–272.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
R. Blair, J.M. Regenstein, Genetic Modification and Food Quality, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
M. Ohtsu, ed., Innovative AE and NDT Techniques for On-Site Measurement of Concrete and Masonry Structures: State-of-the-Art Report of the RILEM Technical Committee 239-MCM, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Cox, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Issues in Conducting Caregiver Educational and Support Groups, in: R.W. Toseland, D.H. Haigler, D.J. Monahan (Eds.), Education and Support Programs for Caregivers: Research, Practice, Policy, Springer, New York, NY, 2011: pp. 59–71.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Yes, You Heard Right: More Cane Toads Really Can Help Us Fight Cane Toads, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, What Is the Role of Federal Assistance for Vocational Education?, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
M.J. Dovale, Postwar japan’s hybrid modernity of in-betweenness: Historical, literary, and social perspectives, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
M. Kolomatsky, Everyone’s Got a Different Dream, New York Times. (2017) RE2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
AbbreviationBiochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
ISSN (print)0006-291X
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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